John F. Kennedy High School Principal Stephen Bovino will wish his students and the district a farewell April 30 as he departs to become assistant superintendent of human resources in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District.
After spending five years in Cheektowaga-Sloan, Bovino said he feels he has made friends whom he will have for a lifetime.
"I will miss working with the district and getting to know the students," Bovino said. "This is a small district, so you get to know a lot of people. This is one of those places that you'll never forget."
Bovino said he will be using the skills he honed during his time as principal to work on the other side of the educational fence.
"Even though this is further removed from the classroom, decisions and policies need to be made that will still have an effect on the district," he said. "We set up procedures and try to hire the best people possible to employ within the district."
Bovino will not be the first administrator to leave his position before the school year's end; Athletic Director Casey Snyder resigned to return to the classroom and teach physical education.
Superintendent James P. Mazgajewski said departures like Bovino's have to be expected in a district the size of Cheektowaga-Sloan's.
"There are limited opportunities in this district. We train people very well," Mazgajewski said. "They do very well and we encourage people to move up with their opportunities and abilities. Unfortunately, you lose good people as well."
With "great needs" inside the Kenmore-Tonawanda district, Mazgajewski said Bovino will depart before the end of the school year, but has agreed to help Cheektowaga-Sloan until the school year's end and will be present during this year's graduation ceremonies.
Bobbi Myers, who works in technology integration for the district, will become interim principal.